Braxton Witherspoon and Danilo Dozovic committed to play basketball, while Chedli Ben Hassine will continue his soccer career.
Athletic director Gene Fries said it is a big deal for the school near the Cherokee-Cobb county line to have three athletes going on to play in college.
“We are very proud of these three,” said Fries. “It’s a huge deal. We have probably had 12 or 15 in the last five years sign athletic scholarships, and for a school that has 60 to 70 kids in the high school that is pretty good.”
Witherspoon, a two-year member of the Falcons’ basketball team coached by Fries, will attend Reinhardt University. He was named to the Georgia Independent Schools Association Region 4AA all-region team twice and was an all-state player as a senior.
Witherspoon, who lives in Woodstock, said Reinhardt’s nearby location made it a desirable destination.
“That is exactly what I wanted, actually,” he said. “It’s a private college and I’m used to that because of all of the private high schools that I’ve been to. It’s going to be a small atmosphere so I’m going to like it.”
Though Witherspoon said he isn’t sure that he will spend his entire career at Reinhardt, since the college doesn’t offer the degree in mechanical engineering that he is seeking, he said that he plans to make the most of his time in Waleska.
Bozovic spent just one year at Furtah Prep, but said he is fond of the area. A native of the European country of Montenegro, he sought out a college in Georgia but ultimately decided to attend North Country Community College in Malone, N.Y. He was named to the GISA 4AA all-region team and the Furtah Prep Christmas Classic all-tournament team.
Bozovic came to Furtah Prep after one season at a school in Texas. He said that part of his goal while studying as an exchange student was to earn a college scholarship.
“That’s been my dream to go to college and play college ball, so it’s been a long way to get to here,” he said. “It’s taken hard work and dedication.”
Hassine signed to play at the West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, W.Va. An exchange student from Lognes, France, he excelled on the Furtah soccer team and scored 13 goals in just eight games.
“I had some issues with the scholarship and the tuition since I’m from another country,” Hassine said. “It was kind of hard to find a school.”
He said that it won’t be much of an adjustment moving to West Virginia in terms of the weather.
“I’m from Paris, where it rains every day, so it won’t be much different,” he said.
Fries said Furtah Prep welcomes international students, and part of his job is to help them find colleges that would be good matches. He feels like he did that with both Hassine and Bozovic.
“I make the phone calls,” he said. “I send the videos. I take the guys to the tryouts. Danilo and I just got back from a four-hour trip one way to Brewton-Parker. I’m involved from start to finish with them. I think that it’s the right thing to do for our kids and our school. We show we care about them from beginning to end.”